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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 26, 2010 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead Leon + Elton

Leon Russell is the Gabby Hayes of my generation. He looked old when he was 30. You've reminded me of that movie 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen'. He was magnetic, and if I recall correctly, stole the tour from Joe Cocker. And one of the best Dylan interpreters along with Jerry. I think it's great that Elton is exploring his roots and boosting one of his idols. That's what it ought to be like. I'll have to check out the record. Thanks.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead Leon + Elton

Boosting his idol, is exactly right. Reading between the lines, it seems pretty obvious that Leon's health problems have led to financial problems and that Elton is truly helping him out here. Of course no one, rightly, will ever say that.

All in all, slicker than what I expected/wanted, but still a very enjoyable record. Elton still has all the talent and drive, and his voice may be better than ever, but it pains me that the guy who wrote "Daniel" and "Good-bye Yellow Brick Road" seemingly cannot write a memorable melody anymore.

I've been aware of Leon forever, and have a copy of a really fun show he did with Jerry in Texas in the early 70's, but I had no clue about all that he has done: Elton's liner notes to this CD were a real education for me.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 27, 2010 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead Leon + Elton

Does he get to the part where Leon Russell backs Gary Lewis and the Playboys on This Diamong Ring?

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 6:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead Leon + Elton

No, I don't believe that's mentioned, but there was so much that I didn't know: bandleader for Delaney & Bonnie, for Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs Tour, and for the Concert for Bangladesh. That alone is pretty staggering.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Oct 27, 2010 7:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead Leon + Elton

I had some dealings w/ Joe Cocker w/Leon Russle and the 20 or so MAD DOGS, as it happened my best friends were a very very close family friend of Dee Anthony who was the road / tour manager for Ten Years After, The Nice, Joe Cocker and eventually Peter Framton. Getting back to LEON, he was both
great on guitar and piano. The best was spring weekend at New PALTZ w/ some blues bands and then the Youngbloods. Sunday if memory serves me was the Airplane and then was Joe Cocker w/ all on stage and they even brought out their bus driver to play harp on a couple of tunes.Also on the Youngbloods Rock festival album reverese is a crowd shot w/ me in plain site.I never turned that connection to any pro work it was all just hang time w/ some big time rockers.